In the 1940s, Middleweight Champion Tony Zale seemingly had it all.
Battling colorful Rocky Graziano in The Ring magazine’s Fights of the Year
in 1946 and 1947, "The Man of Steel" from Gary, Indiana, convincingly defeated
him in their third and final contest in 1948. These fights are
acknowledged as among the most exciting trilogies in boxing history.
Becoming world champion was an amazing feat for Tony. Traveling
through life feeling responsible for the accident which killed his father
when he was two years old, Tony became a shy and withdrawn young boy.
As a result of the boxing influence of his older brothers, however,
he discovered a way out of his introversion and
shyness by proving himself in the ring.
tony touched the lives of countless young people after his retirement
from the world of professional boxing. tony was appointed as
the head coach to both the Chicago Catholic Youth Organization
boxing program as well as the Chicago Parks Department boxing program.
As a result, this soft-spoken champion has become nearly as
well-known and admired for his contributions to the lives of others
as he had been for the remarkable courage and fortitude
he exhibited during his boxing career.
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